It was a Gurriel night. A night of Gurriel power. Pina power. The first two home run night of his Astros career. A night when he increased his own home run total for the year by 20%. When he went from an exactly league average hitter for the season to 5 % above league average in one night. His seven RBI were more than enough for the Astros to cruise to victory over the Los Angeles Angels, 11-3.
Gurriel put the Astros up 4-0 in the first with a grand slam, just fair and just over the right field fence. It was only the second opposite field home run hit by Yuli in his MLB career.
Here it is.
Yuli made the score 6-0 Astros with his second homer of the night, a Crawford Box shot scoring Marwin Gonzalez.
In the fifth, after Tyler White got on with a single, Gurriel got his seventh RBI, scoring White with a single of his own. Gurriel 7, Angels nothing.
Of course we here in Houston simply assume that if our team scores a bunch of runs, the other team won’t. Because we got guys like Gerrit Cole.
With an additional two days rest since his last start, Cole looked overpowering and had superb command, even threw rare change ups. In seven innings, he allowed 3 runs, six hits, but struck out 12 and walked zero. Out of 102 pitches, 71 were strikes, 20 of the swing and miss variety.
He did allow a two run, line drive home run to Mike Trout, his 37th, in the sixth inning. The club of pitchers who have allowed Trout homers is an easy one to join.
But credit to Tony Sipp who relieved Cole in the eighth. The lefty was perfect, and ended the inning getting Trout looking at a high fast ball. Rookie Dean Deetz finished for the Astros with a scoreless ninth.
The Astros added to the cushion Yuli provided with a run in the seventh when the rookie Myles Straw slid home just safe following a Jake Marisnick fielder’s choice sac bunt.
George Springer made the game slightly humorous with a three run homer in the eighth, 410 feet into the Crawford Boxes over the train tracks.
Here’s the Springer dinger.
Are Lourdes and Yulieski Gurriel twins? Are they born under the same sign? Today these brothers made history being the only MLB brothers to both hit two home runs on the same day. They each had two homers, a single, and a ground out, each in that order.
And now for some fun facts about our pitcher, Gerrit Cole. Cole now has 272 K’s for the season, 4th most of any Astro in history. Today’s 12 K’s gave Gerrit 8 games in which he has gotten 10 or more strike outs. He now leads the leeague in strike outs, but with Justin Verlander arriving on the mound tomorrow, he will probably relinquish that lead.
Game time tomorrow 6:10 CDT.
Box score and video here